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CAG flags denial of compensation to victims of militancy in J&K

CAG flags denial of compensation to victims of militancy in J&K

Jammu: The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has flagged “improper planning” and denial of compensation to victims of militancy and natural disasters in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a report, tabled in Parliament, the CAG said family members of the civilians killed in militancy related action were entitled to cash compensation of ₹4 lakh in lieu of appointment in government service. GC Murmu took charge as the CAG in August last year, after demitting office as the lieutenant governor of

J&K.

“Audit scrutiny in October-November 2019 with Deputy Commissioner (DC), Anantnag and DC, Baramulla revealed that for family members of civilians killed in militancy related incidents, cash compensation in lieu of government service had been claimed by 372 and 111 people respectively,” said the report. “However, disbursement was made only in respect of 281 cases and 84 claimants by DC, Anantnag and DC, Baramulla respectively. While cash compensation of ₹5.71 crore was lying unutilised with DC Anantnag, ₹2.13 crore was undisbursed with Baramulla.”

Similar anomalies were noticed during compensation for the 2014 flood victims despite use of direct benefit transfer (DBT), according to the report.

“Scrutiny of the records by CAG in February 2019 revealed that compensation payments had not been credited into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries due to incomplete details communicated to the bank by 8 drawing and disbursing officers (DDOs) out of 58 DDOs of revenue department selected for test check,” said the report. “In some cases, part payments were made to the beneficiaries in place of one time lump sum payment. As a result, ₹5.48 crore was lying undisbursed in the bank accounts of these DDOs apart from interest earned.” The report said the increase in the accumulated balances was due to undisbursed funds of relief or compensation to the victims of militancy and natural disasters and improper planning, etc.

 

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